Coulthard: Hamilton must deal with bad luck

Coulthard: Hamilton must deal with bad luck

Former F1 driver David Coulthard has said that Lewis Hamilton must deal with any bad luck that he may face in Formula 1, after losing more ground to Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ championship last weekend in Germany.

Hamilton suffered a terrifying brake failure during the first part of qualifying at Hockenheim, and started the race from 20th position. He managed to fight his way through to third place come the chequered flag, but was still despondent in the post-race media sessions after Rosberg won the race and extended his lead over Hamilton to 14 points.

Coulthard believes that the Briton has no reason to be disappointed in light of such a superb performance on Sunday.

“Lewis Hamilton seemed disappointed with the result of the German Grand Prix, but he really should not be,” the Scotsman wrote in his BBC column.

“Yes, the points gap to his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg has opened up again after the German won and Hamilton finished third, but Hamilton drove well to come through from 20th on the grid and he limited the damage caused by an incident out of his control.”

The BBC pundit is confident that Hamilton would be leading the world championship without his two retirements in Australia and Canada, but went on to say that bad luck is just part of being a grand prix driver.

“It should be said, however, that Hamilton is only behind because of bad luck,” Coulthard wrote. “He has had more race retirements and other car problems than Rosberg has, and had they had the same, Hamilton would be leading by more than Rosberg is now.

“But life isn’t fair. The days of a driver influencing the mechanical reliability of the car are virtually gone. The racing gods decide on reliability, and the drivers just have to deal with that.”

Click here to read Coulthard’s complete column on the BBC Sport website.

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Luke Smith

Luke Smith

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